Shown above is LG V50 ThinQ Dual-Screen G8. Courtesy of LG Electronics

When it comes to smartphones, Samsung Electronics steals the show this month with its foldable phone (Galaxy Fold), flagship model (Galaxy S10) and budget devices (Galaxy A30 and A50).

LG Electronics by no means sits idly to see its cross-city rival steal the spotlight as it also comes up with newest flagship gadgets of its own.

The Seoul-based company unveiled its newest G and V series phones during Mobile World Congress 2019 held in Barcelona during Feb. 25 and 28.

LG V50ThinQ 5G is the company’s first fifth-generation handset, which is expected to offer some 20 times faster speed compared to the fourth-generation predecessor.

LG’s 5G smartphone features optical innovations that enable users to take extraordinary pictures and videos of the highest quality. Looking beyond still images, LG implemented Video Depth Control in both the front and rear cameras to ensure that moving subjects remain in focus,” an LG official said.

Inheriting the V series’ thin, stylish design, the LG V50ThinQ 5G is only 8.3 millimeters in thickness and weighs only 183 grams. To maintain its sleek profile with uninterrupted lines, the rear lens housing on the new V smartphone are completely flush with the back of the phone.”

Also on display at the Barcelona mobile fair was the new LG G8ThinQ , which the firm says is the world’s first smartphone with advanced palm vein authentication. It is regarded as more secure than traditional fingerprint recognition technology.

LG says that the model has strengths in pictures and security.

The advanced Z Camera comes into play again when capturing eye-catching selfies in portrait mode. Z camera measures infrared rays reflected off subjects to calculate depth faster and more accurately than other image sensors, making exciting features such as Face Unlock possible,” the official said.

Because Z Camera sees objects in 3D, Face Unlock is impossible to fool with two dimensional images of a face as photographs have no depth.”

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